I have very fun memories of the place, even if I never really got the free samples.
You missed a fun time, and at a low cost.
Darn Bud Light!!!
The odd part is that we literally used to hit every roadside attraction up and down the west coast from here to Washington yet they never stopped here. I'm guessing due to the fact that my mom had an alcoholic father and neither of my parents drank at all.
Trees of Mystery? Sea Lion Caves? The Nut Tree? Pea Soup Andersen's?
Any of those ring a bell? I remember all of them quite well, and loved 'em.
Like you, I have no memory of ever going to the California Busch Gardens. I have to believe it was the connection to beer that kept it off the list of activities, as most of my family was fairly religious in the 1960's and 1970's and didn't approve of alcohol, so a family visit to Busch Gardens wouldn't have been socially acceptable.
It's a minor miracle I turned out the way I did.
Every one of those, we visited. My family, excluding me, loved the all you can eat Pea Soup at Split Pea Anderson's. We'd generally then venture over to Solvang. Tillamook Cheese factory, that's another one? The front bumper of our car had those paper advertisements that they wired to everyone's cars while they were parked.
I went there once or twice. One summer I worked for a roofing company that was redoing the roofs on the brewery. In the morning, there'd be on overwhelming smell of hops. It is SUPER hot on a roof in the Valley in summer. The brewery let us use ice-cold water that was going into the beer to fill our coolers. They had free beer for brewery workers. Some of our roofers found their way in there and got sloshed.
I remember taking the monorail to the brewery tour a few times at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. I wonder if they still do that there?
With all the problems they face with their dwindling market share based on Budweiser, you would think community outreach and hospitality would still be a priority for them. But then again, Anheuser-Busch isn't even an American company any longer, it's just a declining division of a big corporation based out of Belgium now.
And let's be honest, the Belgians aren't exactly known for their zest for fun. They're a rather dour group, culturally.
hey i have been to the Dour Festival in Dour, Belgium and its quite Festive . Although i prefer the Meifoor festival in Bruges, Belgium.
I haven't been to those festivals, but I have spent time in Brussels. The Belgians are a fine people, but are stereotypical of Northwest Europe in being rather fussy and uptight. I wouldn't really want a Belgian designing or operating my theme park.
That said, I was a huge fan of Agatha Christie's Poirot! While I wouldn't want Poirot to be in charge of a theme park, or even a small birthday party, he's fantastically entertaining!